Vision Software

Teledyne DALSA, Waterloo, ON, Canada, announced Sapera Vision Software Edition 2020-09 that offers image processing and artificial intelligence functions to design, develop, and deploy machine vision applications. The suite includes Astrocyte 1.0, an AI-based graphical application for training neural networks to perform classification, object detection, segmentation, and noise reduction on existing images.

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Voltage Distribution

Weidmuller, Richmond, VA, introduced the AAP 11&12 terminal blocks for managing control voltage distribution for machinery and controls equipment. The double output control voltage terminal series features an 8-mm width and integrates a single power connection for an incoming conductor with six independent output connections within one terminal.

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CAD/CAM Software

OPEN MIND Technologies, Needham, MA, released hyperMILL® 2021.1 CAD/CAM software that offers new features for 3D, 5-axis, and mill/turn machining. An Interactive Edit Toolpath capability enables toolpath editing after initial tool-path generation. A new import function retrieves face quality information and metadata when importing CAD data from neutral or native formats. A 5-axis Radial Machining capability allows bottle shapes and similar cavities to be programmed in the software.

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MEMS Thermal Sensors

Omron Americas, Hoffman Estates, IL, released D6T Series MEMS thermal sensors that can detect stationary humans by detecting body heat and can be used to automatically switch off unnecessary lighting and air conditioning when people are not present. They can also detect factory line stoppages or discover areas of overheating for early prevention of fire. The sensors take contactless temperature measurements.

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Compression Limiter

SPIROL International, Danielson, CT, introduced the CL220 Split Seam – Extra Clearance compression limiter with a flexible diameter to accommodate wide hole tolerances. The spring force generated during installation provides self-retention of the limiter within the plastic assembly. Once installed, it provides a minimum clearance of 1 mm over the bolt diameter, accommodating a protective coating of ArmorGalv®, a zinc alloy thermal diffusion coating for corrosive applications.

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Oscilloscope Software

Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, released TekDrive native oscilloscope-to-cloud software for data collaboration directly on an oscilloscope, PC, phone, or tablet. It provides visualization and analysis capabilities that support any modern browser including options to view, zoom, pan, measure, decode, and analyze test and measurement data on any device. Data updates are saved in globally accessible shared folders.

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Measurement Instruments

Micro-Epsilon, Raleigh, NC, introduced interfero-METERs with a resolution of <30 picometers. The IMS5400-DS is for high-precision and industrial distance measurements, the IMS5400-TH is for thickness measurements, and the IMS5600-DS with vacuum-suitable design is for distance measurements of subnanometer accuracy. All three consist of a controller, sensor, and fiber optic cable.

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Wireless Data Collection

The L.S. Starrett Co., Athol, MA, offers the DataSure® 4.0 wireless data collection system for acquiring precision measurement data. The system uses short-wave radio frequencies to interconnect cellphones, computers, and wireless electronic devices. It features high-speed connection of less than 50 ms of data travel time and has an ultra-low-latency network that enables high data volumes to be processed without delay, even at full capacity.

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Rugged Chassis

A rugged ATR chassis compliant with VITA 48.4 for liquid flow-through cooling was introduced by Elma Electronic, Fremont, CA. The chassis backplane is designed for data rates up to 10 Gbps and can handle 300 Watts per slot for thermal management required in embedded computing systems. Individual card coolant flow rates are adjustable with selectable orifices.

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Bellows Couplings

Ruland Manufacturing, Marlborough, MA, offers bellows couplings with an outer diameter of 2.25'', allowing for larger bore sizes and increased torque and torsional stiffness. The couplings are an assembly of two aluminum hubs and a thin-walled stainless steel bellows, allowing the coupling to remain flexible under high torsional loads.

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Thermocouple Amplifier

The Sensor Connection, Bloomfield Hills, MI, released the model TCA-MS-K-8-A4 8-channel Type K thermocouple amplifier module that converts the low-output voltage signal from thermocouple probes to eight independent linearized 0 to 5 VDC output voltages. Temperature measuring range is 0 to 1250 °C and accelerometer measuring range is 4g. It includes eight mini-plug signal input connectors.

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3D Printer Ceramic Pastes

ZYP Coatings Oak Ridge, TN, offers 3D Cer-Pastes ceramic pastes formulated for 3D printing. The solvent-based pastes can be used in extrusion-based Paste Deposition Modeling (PDM) 3D printers that require no heat. Once dry, parts can be sintered without warping or cracking. The resulting ceramic can possess low porosity, high resistance to corrosion, and wear resistance.

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Human-Machine Interfaces

EXOR America, Cincinnati, OH, introduced eSMART Series HMIs that feature full vector graphic support and native support of SVG graphic objects, transparency, and alpha blending. Other features are data display in numerical, text, bar graph, graphic image, and analog gauge formats; a selection of communication drivers; and remote monitoring and control.

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Electric Heat Exchanger

The HELIMAX electric heat exchanger from Watlow®, St. Louis, MO, features Continuous Helical Flow Technology that helps reduce coking and fouling. The unit enables ultra-high heat transfer rates that lower the skin and shell temperature rise above the process fluid and minimizes fluid bypass.

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